HEAD Division Meeting 1999, April 1999
Session 37. Missions
Oral, Thursday, April 15, 1999, 11:00am-12:40pm, Colonial Room

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[37.04] The Constellation X-ray Mission

N.E. White (NASA/GSFC), H. Tananbaum (SAO)

Constellation-X is the X-ray equivalent of the Keck Telescope. When observations begin towards the end of the next decade, they will mark the start of a new era with high resolution X-ray spectra obtained for all classes of X-ray sources over a wide range of luminosity and distance. With its increased capabilities, Constellation-X will address many fundamental astrophysics questions such as observing the formation and evolution of clusters of galaxies; and constraining the Baryon content of the Universe; determining the spin of super massive black holes in AGN and probing strong gravity in their vicinity.

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